Seeking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Corrections is suspending all prison visits until further notice.
While no positive cases of the virus have been identified in the Department of Corrections system, IDOC officials believe suspending in-person visitations is necessary to protect the health and safety of both inmates and employees.
In place of in-person visitations, inmates will receive credits for both phone and video calls.
In addition to temporary visitation policy changes, the IDOC is taking necessary precautions to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 within their facilities.
The IDOC is making hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, and cleaning supplies available to all staff and inmates. Meanwhile, staff and incarcerated individuals are being encourage to practice good health habits and being kept informed of the ongoing health situation. Any employees or inmates with symptoms are being screened by trained medical personnel.
Meanwhile, attorneys will be allowed access to their clients housed inside DOC facilities.